DMU Local launches volunteer NHS register

By Kira Gibson

DMU local, a volunteering organisation run at De Montfort University, has set up a register to help out the NHS in the current crisis.

The types of volunteering differ as every person might need a different kind of help; ranging from helping the elderly with delivering their shopping or just being someone to talk to over the phone for someone who is in isolation.

As the UK fights this disease and changes massively to adapt to the new living arrangements many people face, many volunteering opportunities will change.

To sign up to volunteer you must show your interest on MyGateway via this form.

A Photographer’s perspective of the Leicestershire Light Show

By Chloe Atkinson

The Light Up Leicester art exhibition used LED lights to create an interactive trail for the public to enjoy earlier this month. However, did the artistry translate onto still-image for a photographer?

Daniel Wood, a freelance photographer from Leicestershire, shared both his opinion and some of the photographs that he had taken.

Daniel began by talking about some of his favourite exhibits from the weekend (MARCH5-8). One was called ‘the wave’, which were drooping lights with small speakers inside so they would simultaneously play music as they light up.

Daniel said: “To a photographer it didn’t matter if it was well lit or not because the exhibit opened itself up for a lot of different styles for creative photography.”

Daniel described why the ‘shadow dance’ exhibit; one that uses lights to create colourful shadows on a large wall on Green Dragon’s Square, was another exhibit perfect for a photographer

“It gave the chance for photographers to explore shadows and lights along with movement which makes for some creative photographs,” he said.


When asked about the flaws in the light show from his perspective, he said: “Some of the exhibits were too well lit to get the most out of the photographs, such as the exhibit ‘Unexpected Connection” (a tunnel with a light-up ring triggered when somebody stands either side of it).

“The exhibit would work well in a dark room but instead took place in Jubilee Square.”

When asked what Daniel would have done differently to take better photographs, he said: “From a photographer’s view this festival was interesting and successful as a whole but I would like to see some of the exhibits located better for better effect next year, so they are designed to show light more.”


Regardless, thanks to Leicester City Council, Daniel was able to take some terrific photographs that weekend.

Coronavirus impacts on Pokemon group

By Kira Gibson

Many of the local Pokemon group in March, Cambridgeshire have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Almost all of the group have started working from home, if possible, and those who can’t have been trying to cope with the early closure of schools and worrying about keeping their families safe.

Laura Collop-Miller, one of the group admins, said: “I’m very fortunate that I can do my job easily from home with no disruptions.

“If anything, it [the outbreak] has increased my productivity.

“Socially it’s a struggle, I live alone and not seeing people for days at a time is not easy.

“I’m a carer for an elderly friend once or twice a week so my main priority is making sure that when I do go out, I’m much more aware of who’s around and how far away.”

There have been a multitude of different responses to the outbreak in the UK with some being frustrated as they’ve lost their job because of everything closing to try and halt the spread of the disease.

A parent in the group, Chantelle Banks-Tahir, said: “It’s not too bad apart from having to entertain the three kids all day long and the issues around food with supply and demand.”

Overall, the group has placed a ban on raiding (battling and catching rare Pokemon in groups) unless it is in keeping with government guidelines as many of the group use the game as an escape and an outlet for their mental health difficulties.


The Pokemon Group in July 2018 (Photo credit Stuart Mokler)

Local schools in Fenland providing for the free school meals scheme amid COVID-19 crisis

By Kira Gibson

Local primary and secondary schools in Fenland are providing children with either free lunches sent to the home or with Tesco vouchers if they are entitled to free school meals.

They are doing this to help out parents with providing for their children for the remainder of the school year amid the Coronavirus pandemic, as not all parents can provide for their children successfully which is why they are on the scheme.

Each parent receiving the vouchers is emailed a code that is redeemable in store only, after verification of how many students are within the household. Each student is allotted around £30 to cover from the day they closed the schools until the end of the year.

Parents find ways of teaching

Parents are trying to find out new and fun ways to teach their children while they are in lockdown.

By Joshua Solomon

Parents have found out exactly how hard teaching is with the task to entertain and teach their children being placed upon them due to the (COVID-19) lockdown.

Many parents have found this challenging and have taken to social media to ask for helpful sites that they can use for their own children.

Celebrities such as Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and more have uploaded their routines and favourite learning sites to their social media pages.


Teaching children is not as easy as many parents have now come to understand and there have been calls from parents to give teachers a raise with NBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre saying: “ I tell you educators need to be making way more money because their line of work is extremely hard.”